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#132837 - 05/14/08 05:20 AM Preparation Plans for Sprin/Summer 2008
wildman800 Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 11/09/06
Posts: 2828
Loc: La-USA
1) I've got to update my inventory of Emergency Food Supplies, identify any gaps, and round out my stores.

Areas that I know that I am short in is: canned meats, instant potatoes, spices, & baking powder.

2) Get my bicycle stable equipped for cross country use.

That includes racks, panniers, water bottles, air pumps, 1 or 2 trailers, etc, for a single off road and a bicycle built for two.

3) Have a tree removed from the back yard.

Have the tree cut into firewood and stacked along 1 fence line.
The best luck is what you make yourself!

#132859 - 05/14/08 02:03 PM Re: Preparation Plans for Sprin/Summer 2008 [Re: wildman800]
OldBaldGuy Offline

Registered: 09/30/01
Posts: 5695
Loc: Former AFB in CA, recouping fr...
No real plans at this point, just waiting for a grandkid to be born in CA, then moving to the Pacific northwest for the season...

#132871 - 05/14/08 02:56 PM Re: Preparation Plans for Sprin/Summer 2008 [Re: OldBaldGuy]
MoBOB Offline

Registered: 09/17/07
Posts: 1219
Loc: here
Preparing to move from Ok to NY. I will need to make kits up for each car.
"Its not a matter of being ready as it is being prepared" -- B. E. J. Taylor

#132905 - 05/14/08 06:45 PM Re: Preparation Plans for Sprin/Summer 2008 [Re: wildman800]
philip Offline

Registered: 09/19/05
Posts: 639
Loc: San Francisco Bay Area
We've just bought a month's supply of canned goods. Expiration dates are a couple of years off. Someone posted on the forum that Mountainhouse #10 cans have expiration dates of 25 or 30 years, so I went to the REI sale last weekend and saw that Mountainhouse plastic packs have expiration dates of 5 years and more.

I hate freeze-dried food, but it seems to last longer than conventional canning in unopened containers. Do I buy canned stuff I like and try to keep current on frequent rotation, or start buying freeze-dried stuff I don't like but which has much longer rotations for keeping fresh stock? Decisions, decisions.

At the advice of people here, I keep the month's supply of food in an automobile outside my house for access after house collapse, so it's not like the food turns up under my view as I cook. C'est la vie. Everything has plusses and minuses. (Why does plus have two ses but minus only one when plural?

#132973 - 05/15/08 01:21 PM Re: Preparation Plans for Sprin/Summer 2008 [Re: philip]
Jackal Offline

Registered: 08/19/07
Posts: 115
Loc: cornwall UK
continue to increase my supplies of dry and canned foods, tealights, recharageable batteries, boots and tarps. if budget allows afew thousand meters of rope and cordage as well. hopefully my order for 120 food grade hdpe 10LT Stackable drums will be delivered so i can increase my stored water.

#132982 - 05/15/08 03:26 PM Re: Preparation Plans for Sprin/Summer 2008 [Re: Jackal]
wolf Offline

Registered: 12/01/04
Posts: 329
Loc: Michigan
Rotate my water.
Check the BOB.
Increase water storage.
Purchase some Freeze Dried chow to add to long term food supply.
Purchase honey for the same purpose.
Increase the Dog food supply.
"2+2=4 is not life, but the beginning of death." Dostoyevsky

Bona Na Croin

#133000 - 05/15/08 05:44 PM Re: Preparation Plans for Sprin/Summer 2008 [Re: ]
Jackal Offline

Registered: 08/19/07
Posts: 115
Loc: cornwall UK
BigDaddyTX i have a pdf manual of the HS2000 if you are interested

#133009 - 05/15/08 06:46 PM Re: Preparation Plans for Sprin/Summer 2008 [Re: philip]
jaywalke Offline

Registered: 12/22/07
Posts: 172
Loc: Appalachian mountains
Originally Posted By: philip
Why does plus have two ses but minus only one when plural?

Likely different languages of origin (too lazy to look it up), although doubled consonants are always problematic. I went back and forth with "modeling" the other day. Brits and Canucks write it as "modelling."

- Increase water storage ($9 Aqua-Tainers at Wally World!)
- Add a rain barrel to the gutters as a trial. If it works well, add at least one more.
- Start using more wheat and beans in everyday cooking (hand grinder is on the way).
- Try new sourdough recipes.
- Buy more ammo. Get to range.
- More dog food.

Longer term:
- Add a generator and hard-wired switch for a few critical circuits.

#133050 - 05/16/08 04:01 AM Re: Preparation Plans for Sprin/Summer 2008 [Re: jaywalke]
NorCalDennis Offline

Registered: 01/30/08
Posts: 61
Loc: Sierra Foothills, Nor Cal
With much still to do,

* We have added to our bulk supplies - wheat, rice, olive and canola oils, plus many other sundries.
* Spend large amounts of time in the garden getting the spring seeds and plantings on their way.
* Ran the portable generator to keep the battery fresh & rotated fuel.
* Been grinding our own wheat & spelt flour for the past two months (created a sourdough starter and bake two loaves of bread each weekend - not to mention making some amazing pancakes)

Even with our garden being pretty extensive, I feel compelled to add a case or two of canned veggies - any thoughts here?

One question I would add here is: What are you doing to reduce your energy consumption/costs? and general cost of living expenses?

Of course we are trying to limit our trips to town - make one trip of multiple stops instead of two or three trips in a day.

We have started line drying our clothes - with atleast 6 loads a week, we figure the propane ($3.07 gal.) savings should start adding up pretty quickly, not to mention the electrical savings.

In another simple cost cutting move we just made was to cut our Dish Satelite package from $65.00 a month to $27.00 a month - that will save us almost $500 a year to not have a bunch of channels we weren't watching anyway.

We are trying not to use our Air Conditioner this year as well. When the compressor kicks on the change in Kw per hour on our meter jumps by about 4.25KPH - that adds up real quick.

Any other recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
While I have long believed that I will never get old, I have come to the realization that sooner or later there will be more people younger than me.

#133081 - 05/16/08 08:06 PM Re: Preparation Plans for Sprin/Summer 2008 [Re: Jackal]
LED Offline

Registered: 09/01/05
Posts: 1474
Jackal, could you post a link to those stackable drums or maybe give a quick review when you receive them? Thanks.

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